Mask of the Swan by Terry Maggert
Nailed it! Mask of the Swan marks another score on Terry Maggert’s success card. This story is built on a world so solid, I swear I’m right there with them. The narrator in the audio is spectacular. You have GOT to listen to her work. Rebecca Cook.
Title: The Mask of the Swan
Author: Terry Maggert
Series: The Fearless #2
Publish Date: February 25, 2014
Genre: Urban Fantasy (element of romance included)
Source: Purchased ebook, Audio gifted from author
Publisher’s Description: Killing immortals is easy. Becoming one is hard.
When three lovers (Ring, Waleska, and Risa) take a vacation after losing a fight with an elegant monster named Elizabeth, their time for healing is cut short by a new threat, and this time, innocent blood will spill. Reaching for the crown of Hell, Elizabeth gathers Archangels around her to fuel her power-mad ascent-but she has powerful enemies who will fight her every step of the way, including Delphine, the 2400 year old succubus hooker who knows that inside her beautiful body rests a very human soul.
Joined by an honorable priest who finds himself in the middle of a war he never knew existed, and a demigod and his partner, the stage is set for another round in the battle to determine how much of Ring, Waleska, and Risa is still human, how tough their immortal side can be-and how far they are willing to go to protect the people they love from the reaches of a creature who would burn their world to ashes.
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. (In other words… SPOILERS!)
This adventure of the three nearly immortal lovers is a continuation of their mission to rid the world of nasty immortals or what they call “The Undying.” I love this non traditional household that Ring labels his family. There are some that do have prejudice against Ring’s family simply because they have a unique relationship. I think their relationship an awesome show of love and teamwork. They each have their specialties when it comes down to hunting The Undying. Risa is a research extraordinaire and out of this world beauty, Wally, is the interrogator with charm. Ring is, of course, the low man on the totem pole that has pulled the short straw and is in charge of the wet work.
The story is solely about planning the act of killing Elizabeth and led me through the day to day activity of the family and all of their collected friends. Wally, Ring & Risa make some new friends and allies of a couple of immortals. Patroclus and Achilles from Greek mythology make appearances and if you know Greek mythology, you are well aware of the tangled web from which they come. Both know of Elizabeth and of her horrendous schemes that are measured by the most horrible wars and historical genocide. Elizabeth manipulated these events so she could receive power from the death and destruction. Over and over I am reminded of her menace as she gleefully laughs through it all. Delphine plays an important part in this story much to the dismay of Wally and Risa. Funny thing, I didn’t hear much complaining from Ring though…
The story also documents how Elizabeth creates her minions. Her “Archangels” are poor sots that have been molded, directed, changed and manipulated into doing Elizabeth’s will. When she finishes with them, she kills them in a most horrific manner. Please, if those kind of things bother you, skip over that part. The scenes are so very well written, I’m kind of worried for Mr. Maggert’s psyche. Anyway, I did have to skip over some of those parts because I could not look down the eyes of that particular beast. I will say that the ending was a bit anticlimactic as I was sure it would end one way, but it totally twisted and ended differently-oh not in a cliffhanger-don’t worry about that part.
Personally, Mr. Maggert and I have argued about the casting characteristics of the protagonists to some length. He created a Pinterest page that casts his people. While I often take part in the catharsis of creating a board after I’ve finish a book I have loved, I have issues with his choice of Ring. After much cajoling, I grumpily must admit that the author is probably correct in how he portrays his characters. Darn it, anyway. Here’s the page – check it out. The Fearless Casting by Terry Maggert.
Here’s mine. (Mine’s better. Just kidding……)
If you like this book, you might try:
- Wildcard by Lisa Shearin (Raine Benares series)
- Raising Hell by John G. Hartness (Quincy Harker series)
- Boundary Crossed by Melissa Olson (Boundary Magic series)